Sprawling across the Cumberland Plateau at 2,000 feet above sea level—the highest point between the Rocky and Smoky Mountains—lie Fairfield Glade Community Club's five courses, showcasing 90 holes of championship golf. Since the first fairways of the 18-hole Druid Hills course opened in 1970, the golf haven has expanded to include two more 18-hole courses and one 36-hole course. The most recent addition, the Stonehenge course, opened for play in January of 2008 and still perplexes archeologists hoping to decipher the meaning of its immense flagstick monuments. Players find themselves amid postcard-worthy wooded terrain as they traverse fairways bordered with lakes and crawling with wildlife indigenous to the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, which nudges the grounds directly to the northeast. The beautiful surroundings and challenging course play have allowed the club to host several prestigious events, including the Tennessee Senior Men's Open and the Tennessee Women's Open.
Six ponds and 52 sandtraps aim to thwart golfers as they traverse WillowBrook Golf Club's par 72 layout. Measuring 6,709 yards from the farthest tees, the course's Bermuda grass fairways and bent grass greens offer airborne balls open landing zones, eschewing the need to hire squirrels as air-traffic controllers along the rough.
WillowBrook Golf Club also fosters golf game improvement at its driving range, two putting greens, and short game practice facility. After a day spent fine-tuning their swing and filling their scorecard with only prime numbers, golfers can unwind at Boskey's Grille, which serves a menu of sandwiches, ribs, seafood, and pasta in a casual atmosphere with complimentary WiFi.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,709 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
Golfers familiar with Callier Springs Country Club’s 9-hole course may have noticed something peculiar about the course’s water hazards: even during severe droughts, their water level hardly changes. That’s because—true to the club’s name—the waterways are fed by a system of active springs so plentiful that they once fueled the clubhouse, pool, 30 area homes, and too many toasters to count. Originally built in 1939, the course—which measures 3,146 yards from the farthest tees—was once a grassy lure for celebrity duffers such as Dean Martin and Andy Williams. Golfers can walk in their rarefied footsteps as they attempt to keep their orbs and golf carts from straying into the course’s meddlesome waterways.
Celebrated course architects Peter Jacobsen, Jim Hardy, and Jerry Lemons sculpted RiverWatch Golf Club’s course through natural tributaries leading to the crystalline waters of Center Hill Lake. Wide zoysia fairways rise and fall through the densely forested terrain, creating natural doglegs that bend around large earthen swells and ponds. Water comes into play on seven holes, making accuracy more important than hitting long drives or unlocking the scorecard’s treasure map to a lower handicap.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,850 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 131 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Upon their arrival to Fairways of Canton Golf Club, golfers feast their eyes on the club’s bucolic 18-hole course as it unfurls across 6,515 yards of rolling terrain and scenic Georgia pines. The pristine par-72 course fosters aggressive drives into generous fairways, which lead to small bermuda-grass greens teeming with subtle slopes and trick holes that lead to another dimension in Space Jam. Dimpled orbs graze the stratosphere at the club’s practice facilities, which include a driving range, a putting green, a chipping area, and a sand bunker. Back muscles weary from a day of smashing drives or wrestling a gang of rogue golf carts can recess at the club’s onsite Canyon Grill, which slings sumptuous fare such as philly cheesesteaks, pizza margherita, and pasta with a choice of sauce.
Set amid hardwood trees, winding streams, and undulating terrain, Woodmont Golf Club showcases Georgia?s first golf course designed by renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The 18-hole, 6,830-yard course eases golfers into the round with a relatively open front nine, but also sports the course?s most difficult hole?the 470-yard, par-four eighth. Comprised of three par-fives, three par-fours, and three par-threes, the somewhat unorthodox back nine brings various ponds and streams into play, which golfers cross on elegant wooden bridges or the backs of caddies wearing floaties.
The layout concludes with three memorable finishing holes, including the 573-yard, par-five 16th hole, dubbed the course?s signature hole, which is intersected by a creek three times, demanding error-free drives and approaches. A short par-four, the 17th hole tests the killer instinct of golfers' short-irons with an approach shot that must carry water to reach a bowl-shaped green, while the 18th hole challenges golfers' resolve with a steep, uphill, 505-yard par-five.
Woodmont Golf Club complements its course with a driving range and a putting green, as well as a golf academy helmed by Don Butzin, a 48-year PGA member whose work has appeared in Golf Digest. In addition to their golf-centric facilities, Woodmont Golf Club encompasses ten clay and hard-surface tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, and The Woodmont Bar & Grille, a dining venue with panoramic views of the first green for those who haven?t spoiled their appetites by discreetly blending a fairway smoothie while on the course.